Community of Christ

Thankfulness Ideas

Vesper Service

"Thanks Be to God"

Prelude
During the prelude show slides of nature, congregational activities, individual members of congregation.

Congregational Hymn: "For the Beauty of the Earth"
OR “Come, Ye Thankful People Come”  CCS 128

Welcome and Call to Worship

Leader: Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the lands.

Reader I: Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into God’s presence with singing!

Leader: Know that the Lord is God!

Reader I: It is God that made us; we are God’s people and the sheep of God’s pasture.

Leader: Enter God’s gates with thanksgiving and God’s courts with praise!

Reader II: Give thanks and bless God’s name.

Leader: For the Lord is good!

Reader II: God’s steadfast love endures forever, God’s faithfulness to all generations.

Leader: Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.

Reader III: Break forth into joyous song and sing praises!

Leader: Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre and the sound of the melody.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn.

Reader III: Let the hills sing together for joy at the presence of the Lord!

Leader: Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord!

Reader I: Praise the Lord!

ALL: Praise the Lord!

—Psalm 98 and Psalm 100, adapted

Congregational Hymn:  "We Gather Together”  CCS 127

Invocation

Response

We Thank God for the Blessing of Being in this Place and Time

Scripture: Doctrine and Covenants 157:16b, 17

"I have heard your prayers when you have cried out to me, and I have been with you in the places where you occupy. I am aware of your desires to serve me and my assurance is that as you go forth, your offerings of faith and service are acceptable to me. In all your efforts, therefore, continue to trust in my grace and respond in love to the leadings of my Spirit. If you will come before me in unity and love I will bless you with a great outpouring of compassion, both for one another and for the world into which you are sent. Amen."

Congregational Hymn: "Lord, You Have Brought Us to This Place"  CCS 76

We Thank God for the Gift of Grace

Scripture: Ephesians 1:3–12 (J.B. Phillips)

"Praise be to God for giving us through Christ every possible spiritual benefit as citizens of Heaven! For consider what he has done—before the foundation of the world he chose us to become, in Christ, his holy and blameless children living within his constant care. He planned, in his purpose of love, that we should be adopted as his own children through Jesus Christ—that we might learn to praise that glorious generosity of his which has made us welcome in the everlasting love he bears toward the Son. Beloved. It is through the Son… that we are redeemed, freely forgiven through that full and generous grace which has overflowed into our lives and opened our eyes to the truth."

Testimony

We Thank God for the Gift of Creation

Scripture: Psalm 104 (TEV)

"Praise the Lord, my soul! O Lord, my God, how great you are! You are clothed with majesty and glory; you cover yourself with light. You have spread out the heavens like a tent and built your home on the waters above. You use the clouds as your chariot and ride on the wings of the wind. You have set the earth firmly on its foundations, and it will never be moved. You place the ocean over it like a robe, and the water covered the mountains. The waters flowed over the mountains and into the valleys, to the place you had made for them. You make springs flow in the valleys, and rivers run between the hills. They provide water for the wild animals; in the trees nearby, the birds make their nests and sing. From the sky you send rain on the hills, and the earth is filled with your blessings. You make grass grow for the cattle and plants for man to use. You created the moon to mark the months; the sun knows the time to set. Lord, you have made so many things! How wisely you made them all! The earth is filled with your creatures. When you give them breath, they are created; you give new life to the earth. I will sing to the Lord all my life; may he be pleased with my song, for my gladness comes from him. Praise the Lord, my soul! Praise the Lord!"

Testimony

Ministry of Music: Youth Choir  "I Will Give Thanks"
by Michael Jothen, copyright 1980 by Beckhorst Press, Inc., P.O. Box 14273, Columbus, OH 43214.

We Thank God for the Opportunity to Share God’s Love

Scripture: I John 4:7–12 (NEB)

"Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God. Everyone who loves is a child of God and knows God, but the unloving know nothing of God. For God is love; and his love was disclosed to us in this, that he sent his only Son into the world to bring us life. The love I speak of is not our love for God, but the love he showed to us in sending his Son… If God thus loved us, dear friends, we in turn are bound to love one another. …God… himself dwells in us if we love one another; his love is brought to perfection within us."

Testimony

We Share Our Gifts

Disciples Generous Response

Congregation will file up to front to place offering and gift of food in the baskets. Offerings of food will be donated to local food pantry.

Hymn of Thanksgiving: “Now Thank We All Our God”  CCS 131
OR “For The Fruit of All Creation”  CCS 132

Prayer of Blessing and Gratitude

Congregational Hymn: "Give Thanks”  CCS 134

Sending Forth

Postlude

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